Osaka gets Australian Open started after smoke fears ease

Naomi Osaka plays down'weird questions of rivalry with Ash Barty

Although Potapova lies at a lowly world no.90, and only reached the 2nd round at last year's Australian Open, she was a Junior Wimbledon singles champion four years ago.

A number of players, including Stefanos Tsitsipas, suffered breathing problems on Tuesday and Wednesday, when smoke blew into the city, also affecting the qualifying event. Air quality improved markedly over the weekend and was rated as "good" by Victoria's state environmental agency today.

After spending her career hiring and firing like few others, Osaka has linked with the highly respected Wim Fissette, the former coach of multiple grand slam champions Kim Clijsters, Victoria Azarenka, Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber.

TENNIS ICONS Serena Williams and Venus Williams, both previous Australian Open champions, start this season's first major against teenage opponents next Monday (January 20).

I have two units (at +900) on the Russian to win this tournament, but there's a countryman in his quarter who worries me.

Like Djokovic, he has a liking for Melbourne Park, where he has won six titles, most recently in 2018. That's really tough. I just know she's going to be a great player and we're going to play a lot of matches. So when I received an answer like this, when I received an answer that the most important committee in the world of sport, like the Olympic Committee, allowed the people to compete until 300, and we are going until 200, I really can not believe that the most important committee in the world wants bad health for the competitors. "But I think every year I get more comfortable on the tour, so hopefully that somewhat translates into my matches".

When Kyrgios, 24, plays, controversy is never far away. "You're just finding reasons to code me". What I received on the answer is on the "Olympic rule" is until 300 you can keep competing.

"Definitely, it was really tough for me trying to control my nerves", she said of her first-round win.

"I went to practice for around one, one and a half hours", he said. But it did take a lot out of me. "I think Naomi", she told reporters during a conference call on Thursday. "Now I'm very happy that [conditions have improved]".

"I think we found a way, a formula, to balance private-professional life so we are able to kind of excel in tennis and still be able to compete at the highest level after many years, still be motivated, still be mentally fresh and, of course, physically prepared and fit to compete in best-of-five sets with young players that are coming up. I'm going to use it if it's important".



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